About humans, microorganisms µbiome research.
Microorganisms are responsible for many aspects of our physical and mental health. While technology is in a constant state of progress, so too is the human diet and behaviour, which has had direct consequences on the body’s bacterial communities. The result, a microbial imbalance which could explain the rise of many food allergies and diseases, such as diabetes. Thus, understanding how bacteria interacts with their human host could prevent many health issues and enhance human potential. Microbial Self explores how relationships between humans, as well as between
humans and microorganisms will be affected through advances in microbiome research. 'Microbial Masks’ with integrated breath tests measure the amount of bacteria species in the host's gut. Using a readable color code, named the Microbiome Diversity Index, these masks visualize the balance or imbalance of the host's gut microbiome. Visualizing bacterial levels can contribute to a better understanding of biological responses to the changing environment and can give feedback on physical and mental health conditions of the host.
Concept and Design:Valerie DaudeVideo and Images:Yen-An Chen
Models:Pia RainAnnegret Bönemann
Graduation ProjectMaster Social DesignDesign Academy Eindhoven 2019